Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado

Update: Buck Showalter confirmed on Tuesday that Machado will begin his minor league rehab on Friday at Single-A Frederick.

How soon will Manny Machado return to the Orioles roster? FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi is reporting that Machado could soon begin a rehab assignment with an O’s affiliate.

If things go well, Morosi hears that Orioles fans could get to see Machado at the beginning of the month.

That seems a bit too optimistic in my opinion.

Machado hasn’t played since September 23 of last season when he left with a knee injury that required offseason surgery. Orioles third baseman have hit .254/.265/.403 this season. Machado slashed .283/.314/.432 in 2013.

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